Hospital shake-up

Communities across Wales have seen a day of angry protest as mothers, students and the disabled have demonstrated about cuts to their services.

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Health shake-up: Neonatal and older people's mental health

The health board confirmed proposals to use resources released by closing Uned Meirion and Uned Hafan to strengtehn community and liaison services for older people's mental health care.

There will also be a reduction of beds at Ysbyty Cefni and closure of beds at Glan Traeth along with inpatient care at the Ablett Unit, Glan Clwyd, until a new hospital is developed in Rhyl.

Special Care Baby Units will be retained at the Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd, but moving long-term neo-natal care to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

North Wales health shake-up: 'significant changes'

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board agreed proposals for 'significant' changes to be made to healthcare services in several areas.

In Blaenau Ffestiniog, Ffestiniog Memorial Hospital will be developed as a base for improved community services, primary care services will be expanded and the X-ray and minor injury units will be closed, although GPs will continue to provide minor injury services.

Inpatient beds and inpatient care will close at Ysbyty Alltwen.

In North Denbighshire, Prestatyn Community Hospital will close, but a new hospital will be developed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital site in Rhyl, subject to Welsh Government approval.

In Llangollen, the minor injury unit will close, along with inpatient beds and provision of inpatient care at Chirk. A primary care resource centre will be developed at the River Lodge site, subject to Welsh Government approval.

In Flint, inpatient beds and inpatient care will close at Holywell Hospital, as well as the minor injury units, but a primary care resource centre will be developed following approval by the Welsh Government.

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Health shake up: X Ray services

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will reduce the number of X-Ray sessions at Mold Community Hospital from 10 sessions to 6, from 9 to 3 at Eryri Hospital and 3 to 2 at Bryn Beryl Hospital.

Services will continue at Deeside Hospital and start at Machynlleth for south Gwynedd patients

X-Ray services will close at:

  • Tywyn
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Llangollen

Health shake-up: minor injury units

Proposals were amended by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board members to retain a minor injury unit at Mold Community Hospital and review the potential for opening an additional unit at Deeside Hospital in the future.

The following minor injury units will close:

  • Flint
  • Ruthin
  • Llangollen
  • Chirk
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog

Hours at minor injury units at Bryn Beryl and Tywyn will be revised.

Health shake-up: hospital hubs

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board approved proposals to establish hospital hubs at:

  • Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley
  • Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Ysbyty Alltwen
  • Dolgellau Community Hospital
  • Llandudno Hospital
  • Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
  • Denbigh Infirmary
  • Holywell Community Hospital
  • Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Board members amended the proposals to allow for a hospital hub at Mold Community Hospital, while making a commitment to develop the role of Deeside Hospital to work alongside in the future.

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board alters health shake-up plans

Protesters outside today's meeting in St Asaph Credit: ITV News

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has amended controversial plans to reorganise NHS services in North Wales.

A 'hub' hospital will now be sited in Mold, instead of Deeside as proposed. Xray services will be reduced but retained at Caernarfon and Pwllheli, another change from the initial proposal.

However, the board's report recommends pressing ahead with plans to move neonatal intensive care to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.

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Moving neo-natal services to England 'too far'

Premature baby in incubator
Proposals could see some neo-natal care services moved to England Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Members of support group Cuddles are against proposals to move long term neo-natal care to England.

The group fears plans to treat babies more than 16-weeks premature at a single intensive care neonatal service at Arrowe Park, on the Wirral, would leave relatives with too far to travel.

They claim the health board has not consulted with staff and the proposals would affect around 70 babies a year rather than the 30 being quoted by the health board.

North Wales health shake-up decision due

Health chiefs will meet today to make a decision on controversial changes to healthcare services in North Wales. A public consultation launched by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board ended in October.

The proposals include retaining a Special Care Baby Unit at the Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd, but moving long-term neo-natal care to Arrowe Park on the Wirral and closing:

  • community hospitals in Flint, Ffestiniog, Llangollen and either Prestatyn or Rhyl
  • minor injury units at Mold, Chirk, Ffestiniog, Colwyn Bay and Ruthin community hospitals
  • X-ray departments at Blaenau Ffestiniog Health Centre, Bryn Beryl Hospital, Pwllheli, Tywyn, Mold and Ruthin community hospitals and Eryri Hospital in Carmarthen

We were very pleased and encouraged that so many people took the time and trouble to give their views. The consultation feedback will be a significant element alongside other evidence that the board will consider on how best we can provide safe, effective services for the people of North Wales as a whole.

– Mary Burrows, chief executive Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Llanelli health campaigner: 'People will have further to travel for help'

"We've got heavy industry still in Llanelli" says campaigner Tony Flatley.

"We've got the motorway there, we've got a lot of sports clubs and we've got the coastal path".

"People - if they're in trouble - they've got forty-five minutes to get to the nearest help, which is disgusting in a town the size of Llanelli".

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